Antigay Oregon judge goes before disciplinary commission

Marion County judge Vance Day

Marion County judge Vance Day

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge who refused to perform same-sex marriages is scheduled to go before a judicial disciplinary commission.

The two-week hearing begins Monday. It will determine whether Marion County judge Vance Day should be sanctioned.

The Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability says Day committed several ethics violations. They include screening marriage applicants to exclude same-sex couples, hanging a portrait of Adolf Hitler in the courthouse, asking lawyers for money and allowing a convicted felon to handle a gun.

Day has denied he violated judicial ethics rules, and says the rules are unconstitutional. He says he’s being targeted because of his Christian beliefs.

Day is a former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party.

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